Monday, 19 February, 2018

Former taxi driver Gary Wilson puts the brakes on Ronnie O'Sullivan

Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:23

The former United Kingdom champion said: "I feel like it's my time to step up to the plate".

Davis, snooker's dominant figure in the 1980s, only retired previous year during the World Championship. I won't get involved with it because I'm not being bullied, I'm not having people doing that to me ever again.

And he revealed the extent of his distress at receiving a letter from disciplinary chiefs after he criticised a referee and photographer during January's Masters. The 41-year-old has of late been giving one word answers at press conferences and even started singing Oasis hit "Wonderwall" in response to a BBC journalist's question.

And though they have been withdrawn, O'Sullivan claims he was "bullied" and "intimidated" by World Snooker and the WPBSA and made a decision to get the lawyers involved.

Selby, whose patient play once earned him the derogatory nickname "The Torturer" from O'Sullivan, will be up against a man who has made the record books with the longest frame in professional snooker history which earned him his date with the two-time champion.

"I feel like I have a responsibility to the fans that come to support me, they want to see me do well".

Wallsend cueman Wilson is making his Crucible debut after coming through the qualifying rounds in dazzling style, firing eight centuries over three matches including a 147 maximum break. "But I think with those three, if they get on a roll and get in a zone they're unplayable".

Selby modestly said his performance "could have been better", and the 33-year-old added: "I was gutted not to come out 9-0 after the first session, knowing there'd only been one whitewash here and it'd be nice to get another one".

"The standard is very high, so, any time you can win more than one tournament in a season, you're doing well". Occasionally I can still get it together and I can beat anybody.

"No disrespect to Fergal who's a great guy, but at 8-1 I was devastated when he won that frame". I could go and do Big Brother, I could go and do I'm A Celebrity.

"I love to play and it is extra special at the Crucible". However, both players produced some high quality snooker this afternoon in a fascinating clash. "It is a dream to be playing at the Crucible for the first time".

On the other table, Kyren Wilson leads 5-4 against Crucible first-timer David Grace.